NRL - After Three Rounds


3 rounds in and it’s been an interesting start.

Overall

Penrith far and away the best looking side so far. Soft draw you have to say, but going well. Cowboys looked dogshit in week 1, but have now won the next 2 and flogged the Broncos.

Speaking of the Dogs, they have started 1-2 but a points difference of only -5. They are not giving up a lot of points, which is probably the best place to start given their squad. Probably should have won yesterday.

Manly are battling. Turns out you need more of a game plan than hoping Tommy Turbo carves up. No reason for it to be going this wrong though, they have a good side.

Roosters got a touch up on Friday. They look really clunky in attack as they bed in their spine. Still too much talent to not be there when it gets serious. The Bunnies much the same. Their halves are very ordinary, but they have a lot of really good players (how good has Murray started?)

Melbourne are battling away to start the year, and really need fit hookers and Munster to step up.

Cronulla the surprise package of the first couple of rounds, look really good. Even Moylan is playing like a competent first grade 5/8.

Parramatta are 2-1 and seem to be going okay actually. I still have serious doubts, because, well, it’s Parramatta and it’s not the 80s

Jury is well out on what the Broncos, Dragons, Raiders, Knights and Titans are. Not contenders anyway. All battling away for a spot at the very bottom of the 8 is my guess.

Tigers and Warriors are at the bottom and still sinking. I don’t see any hope in either club. There isn’t exciting youth. There isn’t a growth culture. There is band aid signings in a hope it will push them up the table. It won’t.

The Warriors

This feels like a low point. And shit, Warriors fans know about those. As mentioned a couple of times since Saturday, this team is very very tough to watch.

They lost every notable stat on Friday, and if the Tigers were an NRL standard side, we would have lost by 10 (and probably should have given the non-review in the 1st half). Despite barely throwing an offload or creating a line break, we only completed at 74%. That’s shithouse.

There are enormous structural issues at the Warriors, and yes, not playing at Mt Smart for coming up 3 years is about as bad as it gets, but

Look at the roster. It’s absolutely chockers with bog average list cloggers who have a super low ceiling, and in a decent side would be role players at best. There is no attacking flair in the backs. No pace. The halves are incompetent, neither game managers nor game breakers. The pack is Curran and a bunch of workmen, who aren’t actually that effective at working. And that’s also not really NRL in 2022.

If the Warriors packed the side with young kids to develop them (with a few old heads thrown in to keep them pointed in the right direction) and a developing coach, we could actually get behind them. Would the results be any worse? Almost certainly not, but at least there is a reason to tune in every week.

The entire organisation is broken, and you know what, may not even be fixable.

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